Author: Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church and director of 20schemes. He is the author of numerous books, including The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse (Christian Focus) and Is There Anybody Out There?: A Journey from Despair to Hope (Christian Focus). He’s married to Miriam and has two daughters. You can follow him on Twitter.
May 25, 2021
Scotland’s Forgotten Rural Poor

Deprivation in urban areas tends to be geographically concentrated in certain neighbourhoods. In contrast, in rural areas, deprivation often exists at the scale of streets rather than whole neighbourhoods.

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May 5, 2021
The Spirit World: Angels & Demons

The Christian life is an all-out, bloody, no holds barred spiritual war.

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March 9, 2021
The Deep, Pastoral Encouragement of the Doctrine of Election

Just because I didn’t see fruit in that prison doesn’t mean it wasn’t there.

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March 2, 2021
Rethinking ‘Mercy Ministries’

The best kind of mercy ministry is a healthy local church.

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February 23, 2021
Why Mercy Ministries Don’t Work

Hint: They aren’t biblical.

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February 9, 2021
Why Bother With Church Membership?

Is church membership even in the Bible?

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January 25, 2021
Should the Church Seek to ‘Redeem’ the Culture?

Is our culture redeemable and should the church be engaged in this so-called cultural redemption?

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November 10, 2020
Why Unemployment is Such a Problem in Our Communities

Scotland’s national unemployment rate (pre-COVID) was 4.5%. In the schemes, it’s anywhere from 25–30%.

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October 19, 2020
Can Christian ‘Hospitality’ Hinder Gospel Ministry?

We can be wonderfully hospitable in myriad ways but, sooner or later, people must face up to the full gospel of Jesus Christ.

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October 8, 2020
The Rock-Solid Hope of Penal Substitutionary Atonement (Part 3)

Victims of abuse need to know that God is good and undeniably for us. Penal substitution assures us He is both.

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